Matt Sell, Fisheries Biologist
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Posted on February 11, 2014 | Permalink
Cold But Productive Day of Ice Fishing
Location: Deep Creek Lake
This past Saturday a few friends and fishing buddies joined me for a cold, but productive day on the ice at Deep Creek Lake. The day started slow, with just a few bites early, but as we found out where the fish were at, we began to ‘ice’ fish more consistently. At the end of the day, we ended up taking home our limit of nice, fat, Yellow Perch, as well as a pair of Walleyes over 20”. Along with what we brought home, another 10 or 15 perch were released, as well as 5 other Walleyes that were just shy of legal size. Attached are a few photos of some of the fish we landed.
Most of our fish came shallow - in less than 18 feet of water. However, the deep bite was fairly consistent all day long at depths over 30 feet as well. The best presentations we found were classic jiggin’ raps as well as small spoons and jigs, all tipped with maggots and fished slowly about 18” off the bottom. Occasionally if a fish was being finicky, we could coax them into biting by ‘walking them up’ off the bottom until they would commit. We caught all of these fish by being mobile and moving from hole to hole, constantly looking for active fish and covering ‘water’.
Ice thickness was around 8” of clear, hard ice on the area of the lake where we were at. Right now is a great time to break the cabin fever and catch a few fish for the frying pan until the “soft water” returns! Be safe and good luck!